Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer apparently saw the injury to his star as a perfect excuse to rest several other players. The only problem is that it's against the rules to bench key players without a proper injury designation, which was exactly what Budenholzer did Monday night.
With Giannis sidelined, Budenholzer kept the likes of Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo and Brook Lopez on the pine despite none of them being reported as injured. That won't sit well with the league, and the Bucks should anticipate a fine.
When asked about his decision to leave some of Milwaukee's key players on the bench, Budenholzer tried to pawn it off by saying he played the "freshest legs" available.
Middleton is the team's second-best player behind Antetokounmpo, so naturally fans were disappointed to see him on the bench. In the end, the Bucks lost by 14 to Denver, utilizing a nine-man rotation that was led in scoring by Kyle Korver's 23 points.